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Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Diabetic Eye Examinations
  • Laser for Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Macular Degeneration Evaluations
  • Retinal Laser Surgery
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Macular Hole
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About Andrew Schachat, MD

Andrew P. Schachat, MD, is the Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs at the Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, and Director of Clinical Research. He is the former Karl Hagen Professor of Ophthalmology, Vice Chairman for Safety and Quality of the Department of Ophthalmology, and Director of the Ocular Oncology Service, at Johns Hopkins University. He was also Professor of Oncology.

In 2003, Dr. Schachat became Editor-in-Chief of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s journal, Ophthalmology.

He was born in New York City, attended Princeton University, graduating in 1975, and then medical school at Johns Hopkins University, graduating in 1979. His ophthalmology residency training was at the Wilmer Institute at Johns Hopkins, and his retina and oncology fellowship was at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. In 1984, he was Assistant Chief of Service at Wilmer.

He was for five years Secretary of Quality of Care for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and in 2001, President of the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. He is a former Associate Editor of the Archives of Ophthalmology and a current Editor of two volumes of Ryan’s Retina, 4th Edition, 2006.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Wills Eye Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Residency - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Medical Education - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Undergraduate - Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

Professional Highlights

  • Editor, Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Editor, Medical Retina and Oncology volumes, Ryan's Retina, 4th Ed., Mosby, 2006
  • Past Secretary for Quality of Care, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Past Chair, Preferred Practice Panel Committee, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Past Chair, Retina Panel, Preferred Practice Panel Committee, AAO


  • Ophthalmology

Specialty Interests

age-related macular degeneration, clinical trials, Diabetic retinopathy

Awards & Honors

  • Former Karl Hagen Professor of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University
  • Long record of grants/research funding
  • Included in various "best" lists Princeton University:Summa cum laude (chemistry)
  • Sigma Xi
  • William Foster Memorial Prize
  • Merck Index Award Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine:Phi Beta Kappa
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • USPHS NIH Research Grant recipient Wills Fellowship:Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship, 1982-1983
  • Heed-Knapp Fellowship, 1983 Miscellaneous Awards:American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Honor Award, 1998
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award, 1989

Innovations & Patents

  • Has been a principal investigator in most studies that have led to new FDA-approved therapies for age-related macular degeneration.


  • Board of Trustees, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Macula Society
  • Retina Society
  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/22/2023, Dr. Schachat has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

215 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

20 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2024

Dr Schachat was extremely helpful and informed me well on my condition.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2024

Dr Schachat was very informative. Willing to have me reach out for further assessment if needed.

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

Dr. S was very kind and courteous.

Reviewed on May 8, 2024

Never saw the doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

Dr. Schachat is truly the professorial type of physician; he first finishes his notes before answering my questions.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

The doctor understands my issue with pain and was able to accommodate and get me through my injection With ease.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Dr Schachat was wonderful in this assessment of my condition and confirmed the accuracy of the diagnosis (I was seeking a 2nd opinion). He explained the conditional clearly and answered all my questions. He was very caring and did not rush the process. He put my mind at ease and I know I'm in extremely knowledgeable hands.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2024

Dr. Schachat is a very methodical and thorough, which I greatly appreciate. He explains test results, and answers my questions, in terms that I can easily understand. I feel I'm in good, steady, and reliable hands during the procedure, and have benefitted from that -- and his care.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2024

No complaints about scheduling within the time frame between treatments set by Dr. Schachat.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2024

Dr. Schacat. Is very pleasant and respectful. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs eye care.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024

Dr. Schachat and the fellow in ophthalmology, whom I saw just before, were very courteous and answered all my questions. Excellent team!

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Dr. Schachat is a fabulous physician who is very knowledgeable and great at providing understandable explanations about what he sees. I have recommended him to family and friends.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

This is one of the most efficient Doctor's offices I get to visit!

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

Excellent doctor & staff!!!

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

Wonderful dedicated physician. Staff is also the best

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

I would recommend him to anyone who has issues he is thorough, caring and will answer all questions you have to make you feel at ease.Very thankful to have found such a wonderful Doctor!

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

Great doctors, considerate, professional and willing to take the time to answer questions.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

One of the best provider in my life.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

My experience with Dr. Schachat has been excellent. I did not respond to the question regarding returning phone calls because we have not had a need to have telephone contact

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Dr. Schacaht is highly skilled and knowledgeable physician, who I am glad to have as a member of my healthcare team.

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